To Be “ No. 1 ”
Tracy McGrady, nicknamed T-Mac, was born in Bartow, Fl. Like the other boys, Tracy wanted to seek a career in the ever popular sport baseball. His first love was baseball with aspirations of playing Major League Baseball. Coaches were certain McGrady would be playing in a Major League ballpark instead of the NBA hardwood. However, fate is unexpectable.
In junior high Tracy began playing basketball. He was averaging 23.1 points and 12 rebounds per game. Despite his great talent and strength, coach didn ‘ t think much of him. He wasn’t till high school when Tracy’s basketball career actually started to form. In his junior year of High School, Tracy was invited to an ABCD basketball camp. During the camp, Tracy really made himself known—he was racing on a fast break and dunk the ball over 6-9 person.
初中时，麦迪玩起了篮球。每场比赛他平均拿下 23.1 分并抢下 12 个栏板球。尽管天赋过人、实力超群，麦迪并不受重用。直至高中，麦迪的篮球生涯才起步。麦迪在上高二时被邀请参加 ABCD 篮球训练营。在训练营里，他发起快攻并在六到九人的头顶上大力扣篮，让他声威大震。
Joe Hopkins, Tracy ‘ s early basketball coach, has been a big part of Tracy’s life. Joe taught him to respect others, himself and for the game. "He’s my backbone," Tracy says. "If it weren’t for Coach Hopkins, none of this would be possible." Tracy was actually planning to go play for Kentucky when Joe got a call from NBA super scout Marty Blake wanting a schedule of Tracy’s games. NBA teams were already sending scouts out to look at Tracy. The thought of skipping college and pursuing his dream of becoming a NBA superstar excited him and lead him to forget Kentucky and entered the 1997 NBA draft along with some other NBA greats—Tim Duncan and Derek Anderson.
麦迪的启蒙篮球教练乔·霍普金斯在麦迪的生活中举足轻重。乔教导麦迪学会自尊、尊重他人并且尊重比赛。麦迪说：“霍普金斯教练是我的支柱。如果没有他，我现在的一切将化为乌有。”高中毕业时，麦迪本打算上肯塔基大学继续打球，这时乔接到 NBA 超级星探马蒂·布莱克的电话，他希望能得到麦迪加入 NBA 比赛的确切时间。 NBA 的球队已经派星探找过麦迪。能跨过大学而直接进入 NBA 打球去追寻梦想的想法让他兴奋不已。他把肯塔基大学抛之脑后，参加了 1997 年的 NBA 选秀，当年同他一道的就有才华横溢的蒂姆·邓肯和德里克·安德森。
Tracy McGrady’s goal has always been to make it to the pros and win a championship. He was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in 1997. "I decided to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA early. I felt it was the best decision for my family and myself," says T-Mac. Tracy left the Toronto Raptors after three seasons to the Orlando Magic.
特雷西·麦克格雷迪的目标始终是成为职业球员并摘取冠军。 1997 年在选秀中排名第九的麦迪被多伦多猛龙队选中。他说：“我决心尽早实现我的梦想，在 NBA 打球。这对我对我的家庭来说都是最好的选择。”麦迪在猛龙队呆了三个赛季，后又转会到奥兰多魔术队。
Tracy McGrady continues to be one of the most popular basketball players among youth worldwide. He is one of the best all-around players in the game. He rebounds, blocks shots, steals and scores from the outside. In both the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons, Tracy McGrady was picked for the All-NBA First Team. He started for the Eastern Conference at the 2003 NBA All-Star Game and finished fourth in voting for the NBA Most Valuable Player. In 2002-2003, he captured the NBA scoring title and became the youngest player in nearly 30 years to average more than 30 points per game. In 2003-2004, he once again captured it, averaging 28 points per game.
特雷西·麦克格雷迪一直是最受全球青年人喜爱的篮球明星之一。麦迪技术全面——拦板、盖帽、抢断、远投，样样在行。在 2001 至 2002 和 2002 至 2003 赛季，他被当选 NBA 最佳阵容一队。 2003 年麦迪代表东部联盟参加全明星赛，在最有价值球员的评选中排名第四。在 2002 至 2003 赛季，麦迪以平均每场得分过 30 分的成绩成为 NBA 的“得分王”，是近 30 年来获此殊荣的最年轻球员。 2003 至 2004 赛季，他再次以平均每场 28 分的成绩蝉联“得分王”。